About laurie nash

Laurie Nash is a retired Occupational Therapy Assistant. She is also a wife, mother, grandmother, and lover of arts, crafts, and design. She uses Inkscape and Make the Cut for designing. Her KNK Zing keeps her busy cutting, and she is now the proud owner the new KNK Force.

Etch a Ceramic Jar with Armour Etch – Color it with Gilders Wax

I have done etching on glass a few times, but wanted to see how it would work on ceramic. A few of these cute little ceramic jars have been sitting in my craft room since I found them on clearance a few years ago. The nice smooth surface provided just the canvas I needed to try out this project.

Material:

  1. Ceramic Jar
  2. Armour Etch Cream
  3. Gilders Paste Wax
  4. Vinyl for Stencil
  5. Transfer Tape
  6. Paint Brush
  7. Protective clothing, such as rubber gloves, goggles, apron
  8. Red Capped Blade

Setting for KNK Zing:

  1. Force – 18
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multicut – 1

Steps:

  1. Open or download design in cutter software.
  2. Load vinyl and cut stencil.
  3. Weed vinyl stencil.
  4. Apply transfer tape to vinyl, remove backing, and apply stencil to ceramic surface.
  5. Remove transfer tape.
  6. Use paint brush to apply etching cream liberally, being careful not to extend the cream beyond the edge of your stencil.
  7. Leave the cream on a few minutes. I left mine on about 3 minutes.
  8. Clean off thoroughly under running water.
  9. Peel off stencil and dry completely.the
  10. Use a rag to apply Gilders Wax to etched surface. Continue rubbing to remove from non-etched area. (The wax sets quickly, so I had best luck by removing excess wax as soon as possible. It can be removed later, but takes a lot more effort.)

    I left the stencil in place while applying some of the wax, but it is not necessary.

I realized after I started the project that it was not a good idea to plan a two-color project where the two colors were directly adjacent to each other. It was very difficult to apply the end of the “green” stem within the red cherry portion of the design,

I also attempted this on a ceramic tile. It worked, but I wasn’t happy with the end result. The entire tile apparently was a little porous as I was not able to completely remove the excess wax from the surface of the tile. This might be remedied by leaving the stencil in place while applying the Gilders Wax. I may have to give it another try.

 

 

Use HTV to Create Matching Shirts for a Little Girl and Her 18 Inch Doll

Since we have 4 granddaughters, we are pretty familiar with the 18 inch dolls that are so popular. I decided it would be fun to make matching shirts using HTV, for a special little girl and her doll.

Materials:

  1. Child’s T-Shirt
  2. Doll T-Shirt – Look here for the ones I purchased.
  3. ThermoFlex Plus
  4. GlitterFlex II
  5. Red Capped Blade
  6. Heat Press
  7. Teflon sheet

Settings for KNK Zing:

  1. Speed 10
  2. Force for GlitterFlex II – 45
  3. Force for ThermoFlex Ultra – 20
  4. MultiCut – 1 or 2

Steps:

  1. Import or open design in your cutting software.
  2. Measure the areas that you will be placing your designs on, and be certain you size the designs appropriately for each shirt.
  3. Make sure you reverse your design before you cut.
  4. Check design to make sure it is ready to cut. If there are extra nodes or line segments, now is a good time to use your node editing tool to clean things up. This will give you a better cut. (The arrow below is indicating an extra line segment that needs to be deleted.)
  5. Lay out your cut designs on each shirt to check for placement. Lay the doll shirt in your heat press. The doll shirts I purchased have a Velcro closure in the back. I opened this up so that I could lay the shirt flat. I laid it near the corner of my heat press in such a way as to get good pressure where it was needed. Place your design on the shirt, vinyl side down. Cover with Teflon sheet.
  6. It’s important to follow the manufacturers instructions for temperature and time, so check that out before proceeding. KNKusa.com has that information on their website.
  7. After completing the doll shirt, you are ready to follow the same steps for the girl’s shirt.
  8. Now…. surprise a little girl in your life with this sweet gift for her and her 18 inch doll.

 

 

 

 

Upcycled Window – Vinyl Decals on Glass

Upcycled windows are currently popular home decor items. They can often be found for free by people replacing old windows, and I have found a few put out for trash pick-up. One of my favorite projects is decorating windows with vinyl. Upcycled Window

Materials:

  1. Vintage windows
  2. Paint scraper, sandpaper, window cleaner, window glazing, razor blade (as needed).
  3. Outdoor Sign Vinyl
  4. Transfer tape
  5. Small squeegee
  6. Red Capped Blade

Settings for MTC and KNK Zling:

  1. Force – 15-20
  2. Multi-cut – 1
  3. Speed: 10

Steps:

  1. Clean and prepare window as desired. I sometimes leave wood as I find it. Other times I paint and sand, often brushing on several coats of various paint colors to give it that “just right” look. (You will want to repaint if there is old, flaking lead paint.) If window glazing is loose, use a screwdriver to pull out the old glazing and replace with new.
  2. Clean the glass thoroughly, using razor a blade to clean off any old paint.
  3. Open MTC file or other file of your choice. If you’d like to use the tandem bike file, it is available in the MTC gallery.
  4. Cut and weed vinyl.
  5. Apply transfer tape.
  6. Adhere vinyl design to glass, carefully burnishing to remove bubbles.
  7. Remove transfer paper.

Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms – Print and Cut plus Cuttlelola Dotspen

I was recently introduced to the Cuttlelola Dotspen by Sandy McCauley and Michele Harvey. I was so excited when I saw it, I just couldn’t wait to get my hands on one… which I promptly did when I received a check for my birthday.

While I do most of my drawing on the computer and am not a freehand artist, there are a few things that are done best by hand. Such is the case with using the Cuttlelola Dotspen to add shading. (Although I also have plans to try it out in my Zing. You can see some cool results Sandy got here.) Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms

This simple black and white nautical necklace I made has two charms; one is the shape of the lake we live on in Michigan, and the other is a compass rose. I used a sheet of Inkjet Shrinky Dink and did a print and cut. After cutting the charms out, I enhanced them using my Dotspen before baking them. I was able to represent the depth of the lake by shading the deepest areas the darkest, and gradually making the more shallow areas lighter.

Materials:

  1. Inkjet Shrink Plastic
  2. Make the Cut software
  3. Blue-capped blade
  4. Inkjet printer
  5. Cuttlelola Dotspen (purchased from Amazon)
  6. Jewlery Jump Rings – I used some from an old necklace I wasn’t using
  7. Needle Nose Pliers
  8. Hole punch
  9. Ribbon or chain
  10. Oven

Settings for Zing:

  1. Force – 130
  2. Speed – 10
  3. Multi-cut – 2

Steps:

  1. Import pixel trace – I used a line drawing.
  2. Follow instructions in manual to complete print and cut.
  3. Use a standard hole punch to put hole in top of your charm for the jump ring Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms
  4. Use Dotspen to shade design as desired. Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms
  5. Place charms on cookie sheet
  6. Bake shrink plastic according to manufacturers directions. I baked mine for 3.5 minutes at 350 degrees.
  7. Remove from oven. If the charms are not completely flat, quickly flatten with spatula while still hot.
  8. If desired you can spray with clear, use clear nail polish, or use a self leveling resin such as EnviroTex.
  9. Use pliers to carefully apply jump rings.
  10. Add ribbon or chain. Black and White Shrinky Dink Charms

 

 

 

 

Print and Cut Kitchen Jar Labels – Spruce up Your Kitchen with Cute and Practical DIY Labels

We spend part of our winter in Arizona, and the rest of the year at our Michigan home. I have found that leaving baking supplies in plastic during the intense Arizona summer while we are in Michigan, is not a good idea. The heat causes the food to absorb an odor from the plastic containers. I prefer to keep my dry goods in glass jars anyway, so I will begin transferring dry ingredients to the jars this winter.

I have recently purchased some matte inkjet printable vinyl. This is just what I needed to make these cute kitchen jar print and cut labels. Sugar Jar

 

Materials:

  1. Inkjet vinyl (I purchased from HH Sign Supply)
  2. Image
  3. Printer
  4. Make the Cut Software
  5. Glass Jar
  6. Red – capped blade

Settings for KNK ZIng:

  1. Force – 40
  2. Multi-Cut – 1
  3. Speed – 10

Steps:

  1. Import design and pixel trace in MTC. Import Pixel Trace
  2. Print design Printed Image
  3. Complete Print and Cut
  4. Clean the glass jar. I like to clean the area which is going to receive the label with rubbing alcohol.
  5. Apply label to glass jar.

Tips and things I learned during this project:

  1. I was having trouble with my Print and Cut, even though I usually get a perfect result. So…. this should have been common sense and I almost hate to mention it. But, perhaps someone else will make the same mistake, so I will swallow my pride and tell you that I failed to consider that I was using a new computer and hadn’t calibrated the software yet. When I finally figured out what was wrong, I simply looked at my X Y values in MTC on my other computer and plugged them in. Perfection! Calibrate
  2. The printed vinyl seems to be waterproof. (I used an Epson printer with pigment ink. Your results may be different, depending on the ink used.) Vinyl is Waterproof
  3.  Some of the detail of my original image didn’t show up in the printed version, even though I printed at a high quality. While I still like the result, I will keep that in mind when I choose/ design my next image.

My local Walmart only had one of these jars. I will be making be making more labels when I am able to purchase more of these cute jars.